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Civilizing the Margins

Christopher R. Duncan
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Southeast Asian nations have devised a range of development programs that strive to incorporate minority ethnic groups into the nation-state. The authors of Civilizing the Margins discuss the programs, policies, and laws that affect ethnic minorities in eight countries: Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Once targeted for intervention, people such as the Orang Asli of Malaysia and the ¿hill tribes¿ of Thailand often become the subject of programs aimed at radically changing their lifestyles, which the government views as backward or primitive. Several chapters highlight the tragic consequences of forced resettlement, a common result of these programs. Others question the motives behind pushing minorities into ¿development¿ schemes. Rather than simply describing the effects of the programs and the experiences of participants, the contributors to this book attempt to understand the ideologies and strategies that led to the implementation of these programs.

Robert Knox Dentan, State University of New York at Buffalo; Christopher R. Duncan, University of Missouri¿Columbia; James F. Eder, Arizona State University; Kirk Endicott, Dartmouth College; Kathleen Gillogly, University of Michigan; Curtis W. Lambrecht, Yale University; Pamela McElwee, Cornell University; Thomas M. McKenna, Stanford Research Institute; Jan Ovesen, Uppsala University, Sweden; Ing-Britt Trankell, Uppsala University, Sweden

Christopher R. Duncan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri¿Columbia.

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